These Immortal Creations

The Romantic poet is both man and myth. He inherits an ancient birthright and creates a new heritage. He is prophet, seer, priest, bard, creator of (imaginative) worlds, hero, and myth-maker. He is also a man speaking to other men. Wordsworth described his poetic ‘calling’ when he wrote “poetic numbers came/ Spontaneously, and cloth’d in priestly robe/ My spirit, thus singled out, as it might seem,/ For holy services.” Blake demanded that his readers “Hear the voice of the Bard.” Coleridge states that the poet is a powerful figure who “brings the whole soul of man into activity.”